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Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is most commonly described as a conflict between one’s sex and gender.

Gender dysphoria: What is it and how can it be treated?

Gender dysphoria is most commonly described as a conflict between one’s sex and gender.

Those with gender dysphoria may become uncomfortable with their body around the point that puberty starts to occur.

They may also feel uncomfortable conforming to the typical expectations of their gender.

Whilst it primarily affects teenagers, gender dysphoria can be present at any age and can occur in working professionals.

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What are the symptoms of gender dysphoria?

Some symptoms of gender dysphoria include the following:

  • The strong desire to be the other gender
  • Feeling detached from one’s own body
  • A strong desire to be rid of one’s primary and secondary sex characteristics
  • Low self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Self-neglect

Gender dysphoria is not to be confused with gender non-conformity.

The latter is when someone dresses more like the other gender or behaves in a way more akin to the other gender.

This is colloquially referred to as being a tomboy or tomgirl in children and does not necessarily indicate a strong wish to change genders.

Complications around gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria can have deeply negative real-world consequences.

These include an increased risk of suicide, discrimination and emotional problems.

In a professional environment of heightened stress and anxiety, these complications might become exacerbated.

This is why those suffering from gender dysphoria must seek help as soon as they can.

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What treatment is available?

They may also feel uncomfortable conforming to the typical expectations of their gender. Gender dysphoria is a complex condition that can be mistaken for other, much less serious afflictions.

For this reason, always see a GP to get a professional opinion.

From here, you may be referred to as one of the UK’s Gender Dysphoria Clinics (GDCs).

However, due to a dramatic surge in the number of people claiming to suffer from gender dysphoria, waiting times can be very long.

If you are professional suffering from gender dysphoria in need of immediate help, private rehab may the right path.

Castle Craig Hospital offers world-leading care for professionals suffering from gender dysphoria.

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The specific treatments for gender dysphoria vary depending on different factors

For adults, therapy is a popular option for confronting the anxiety and depression that gender dysphoria can cause.

Cross-sex hormones can also be an effective way of alleviating the discomfort experienced by gender dysmorphic people.

For women, testosterone can be taken to deepen the voice and develop muscle, whilst estrogen can have the opposite effect for men.

Resources

For information on NHS treatment for gender dysphoria, read more.

For more information on gender dysphoria as a condition, as well as in-depth points for diagnosis from the American psychiatric association, click here.

If you feel like private rehab is the route for you, click here for more information on Castle Craig Hospital’s treatment programme.

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